One of Cartoon Network’s hot 2008 titles Batman: The Brave and the Bold makes its DVD debut today. However buyers should be warned that this Vol. 1 release only has four episodes of the first season of the show. Based on a decades-old DC Comics concept, each episode teams Batman with a different hero to battle a different villain. In this collection of the first four episodes from the first season, Batman and the Blue Beetle protect an alien race against Kanjar-Ro in “The Rise of the Blue Beetle!,” then Batman teams with Plastic Man against Gorilla Grodd in “Terror on Dinosaur Island!” In “Evil Under the Sea!,” Batman and Aquaman protect Atlantis against Black Mantis, and Batman and Red Tornado fight Fun Haus in the holiday episode “Invasion of the Secret Santas!” Produced by James Tucker, this Warner Bros. Animation project is much lighter in tone that previous Batman series, and makes for a breezy viewing experience. The release has a ticket price tag of $14.98, so you may want to wait until Warner releases the complete season later on.
Other new animated titles to consider this week:
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween (Nickelodeon, $16.99)
One Piece: Season Two, Second Voyage (VIZ,$49.98)
Dungeons and Dragons: The Animated Series (Mill Creek, $24.98)
Devil May Cry: The Complete Series Box Set (Funimation, $49.98)